Postpartum Preparation

Planning and preparation toward the postpartum period is very important.  Sometimes it is even more important than pregnancy and birth preparation due to circumstance or birth outcome.  Too often labor, delivery and perhaps the “stuff” that goes with having a baby take priority, while the incredible change that occurs with having a new baby is…

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Creating a relationship 10 minutes at a time

It has occurred to me through my time with doula clients and students,  that many care providers serving hospital birthing mothers do not ask any questions of their pregnant patients during the 7-10 minute prenatal visits that lead to a substantive working relationship. I have also learned that too often the pregnant “patient” does not…

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Say What? Getting a handle on birthy terminology.

So often I am in conversation and forget that everyone does not eat, drink and sleep birth related information like my peers and I do. I have put together a list of useful terms and definitions to take the “What?” out of navigating the host of terms surrounding pregnancy and birth. AROM – Artificial Rupture…

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Grateful For My Births

Focusing on Thanksgiving, I asked others to submit a “Why I am Grateful For My Birth(s)” blog post.  In the spirit of that, here is my own blog posting. Stay tuned for the Carnival of posts to be up by Thanksgiving morning. I myself have had four varied labors and births, one of which could…

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Why Childbirth Education?

I sit here and ponder Why childbirth education is important?. I am an educator because I think it can be a vital piece to the preparation puzzle prior to welcoming a baby.  I use the word “can” versus “is” due to the fact that all educational offerings are not created equally. It is known that…

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A Mother’s Body

A mother’s body grows a new person from a microscopic connection. A mother’s body internally reorganizes to make room for her flourishing baby. A mother’s body soothes and gives her baby love simply from her beating heart, sounds of her breath and how she rocks. A mother’s body is hardwired to nourish and protect her…

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What’s a doula to do?

There is such a deep chasm and fracture within the doula community regarding in-hospital and out-of-hospital birth. On the one hand there are those who say anything goes in supporting women and their choices. On the other, there are those who say no doula should support a woman in the hospital environment because it is…

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The Best isn’t Better. Usual is where It is at.

There has been much ado surrounding the language of breastfeeding being normal and usual versus the best for baby and mother in great thanks to Diane Weissinger. It is so valuable to recognize that while we all desire to be the best, we often hit the normal everyday averages in life. We are comfortable reaching…

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Sisterhood of the Scar Revisited

Many years ago I wrote this piece after attending my very first ICAN conference in San Diego in 2005. I read this and part of me weeps for her, for the me I was and for the women who are becoming part of this sisterhood willingly, wittingly or not.  My pain has been transformed into…

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